Found: The stolen Republicans-by-choice continue.
Result: 10,920 Pennsylvania Democrats were cheated of their votes.
The November Pennsylvania court decision canceling mail-in ballots that lacked accurate handwritten data on their outer cover resulted in valid votes being cancelled. Democrats accounted for 2/3 of the total votes annulled.
That means over 10,000 voters in Pennsylvania were barred from voting for no reason. You are eligible to vote and have voted. They did this properly, except that they may have entered the wrong date, or omitted the date, or improperly signed it on the outer envelope, or failed to include the second “non-disclosure” envelope.
“The State Department said more than 16,000 mail-in ballots were disqualified by county officials this week for lacking classified envelopes or proper signatures or dates. Democratic voters, who are much more likely to vote by mail, accounted for more than two-thirds of the total canceled ballots,” The AP reported.
“Democrats were thrown out 10,920 votes, about half for missing non-disclosure envelopes. The Republicans forfeited 3,503 ballots. Independents and third parties got 1,731 votes, which did not count in the fall election.”
In Pennsylvania, Democrats narrowly recaptured the House of Representatives for the first time in a decade.
While many cities worked to “heal” votes, that is, allow the voter to fix the mistakes, others did not.
Republicans sued in October 2022 to try to obtain undated mail-in ballots:
A coalition of GOP groups, including the Republican National Committee and the State Party, filed a lawsuit late Sunday night asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to block the counting of undated mail-in ballots.
The AP detailed some of the litigation, including the failure of negotiations between Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and (then) Republican Legislative leaders to end the outer shell date requirement, with Republican lawmakers defending the need for the requirements, the 3rd U.S. Circuit The Court of Appeals ruled in May that the data was “irrelevant,” but the Republican-led US Supreme Court then ruled that decision moot.
A fight to see if qualified voters can have their votes counted. That’s it. And not counting them has historically hurt Democrats and helped Republicans.
This Republican-led “fight” against counting votes with undated outer envelopes dates back to the 2020 election that Trump lost. A more direct way of putting this is that Republicans looked for all sorts of ways to invalidate votes that should have been the majority of Democrats.
When that eventually failed, they tried appointing “alternative voters” to simply invalidate the millions of votes in states that didn’t go their way. At the same time, their party leader and then president instigated a domestic terrorist attack to stay in power.
The Republican Party is not the “Party of Liberty,” and that’s an understatement at this point.
It will come as no surprise to readers to discover that the 2020 Trump campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that ballot hardening was done on partisan grounds, with then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claiming the top spot at the time State election officials have accused state election officials of using ballot hardening as a means to “tilt the scales of an election to functionally favor the Democratic Party.”
So many lies, so much projection.
In reality, all counties received the same guidance, but some did not notify voters and others did.
Counties that didn’t even allow ballots to be cured tried to claim that the guidance they received on Oct. 21, 2020 was too late, but in Pennsylvania, election officials can’t even start checking mail-in ballots before 7 a.m start election day.
Even in the Republicans’ own lawsuits, the facts proved that the red counties, which didn’t allow ballot treatment, hurt Democratic voters more than Republicans.
However, in the “red counties” cited in a Republican lawsuit, Biden has outperformed Trump in voting by mail, often by a significant margin. By not allowing voters to heal ballots, these counties hurt Democratic voters more than Republicans.
Republicans urged their constituents not to use mail-in ballots. Trump constantly fueled fear of them. So when they decided not to allow healing in some counties in 2020, they had a pretty good idea which party was hurting.
Here we are after the midterms and find that the Republicans have once again canceled the Democrat vote.
A piece of it was laid at the feet of the Democratic State Party in 2020 because it called for decisions on ballot secrecy, among other measures to protect postal voting. (The nerve of the party, which wants all qualifying votes counted.) That 2020 action led to a court ruling that the GOP-led legislature had intended the non-disclosure envelope to be “mandatory.”
Is this obsession with non-disclosure envelopes normal? no It’s actually rare.
Charles Stewart, an MIT political science professor who studies American elections, said: “Denials for lack of a non-disclosure envelope are so rare that the US Electoral Services Commission does not ask about it in its Election Administration and Post-election Survey. ”
Another expert chimed in, saying the non-disclosure envelope wasn’t even necessary.
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, head of voting information for the nonprofit US Vote Foundation, said in the same Whyy article above, “I can tell you unequivocally that we believe in the confidentiality of each person’s vote as the ultimate goal, but we don’t agree with you that it should be used as a reason for rejecting the ballot. That is extreme.”
Republicans have ruled Pennsylvania’s bicameral legislature for the past decade. After the midterms of 2022, the lower chamber will now be managed almost democratically.
Democrat Mark Moffa swept the final State House race for Bucks County’s 142nd District to Republican Joseph Hogan, while the Republican held a 53-vote lead that was close to the Democrat but saw no victory.
As a person who was registered as a voter in four different states, Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting rules are the most prohibitive and stressful. They are difficult to complete correctly, in part due to their needless stupidity and busy work. Add people who aren’t detail oriented, can’t read well, are older – it’s an unfair and pointless obstacle.
The party, which says it opposes the culture of cancellation, is working hard to cancel elections and votes. There is no more egregious culture of abortion than the abrogation of a person’s fundamental right to choose.
The votes of ten thousand nine hundred and twenty Democratic voters were annulled. Every single qualified voter whose vote was annulled by this unnecessary rule and failure to push for a cure has been unfairly disenfranchised.
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